one can make a strong argument that 2006 was a pinnacle year of change across the i.t. industry. think about the growth of open source adoption, the introduction of second life and other new communities on the web. how about the rate of consolidation in the software industry? seems like every company has become either a buyer or buyee. i believe we will look back on the year as a watershed when software as a service became the real deal; growth of new startups and traditional software companies are either launching new saas offerings or getting ready to.
behind every new trend that is sustainable there must be a business driver. the driver in 2006 was undoubtedly innovation. companies worked to differentiate themselves from their competition by re-engineering and improving their business processes. they focused on their relationships with customers, suppliers and employees and better integrating disparate i.t. systems. soa took the main stage, enabling integration and allowing companies to more quickly redefine themselves.
overall, it was the year of the ecosystem. building relationships with partners who can help broaden a company's market reach, delivering skills and solutions. none of the trends above are possible without an ecosystem to build and deliver technologies that businesses depend on to drive innovation. as we look ahead to the new year, there is only one thing we know for certain...as exciting as this year has been, 2007 will be even better!
wishing you a very happy new year with genuine thanks for the opportunity to continue to work together.
2006...it was a very big year!